Over the past three weeks at Sampa Church we have been talking about some difficult prayers that can help us take the next steps in our spiritual journey. These prayers can help was move towards God. They are not magic prayers but they do put us in a position to hear from God and to grow spiritually.
David's prayer was for God to search him. We are asking God to point out sin in our lives. It's not always fun asking God to point out the areas where you are missing the mark but It can...Read More
I'm convinced that a lack of margin is not only disconnecting us from God it's literally killing us. I love the way Mark Batterson wrote about margin - check it out.
One of the hardest things for me to do right now is to maintain a margin. It's hard to keep up with email. I can't meet with everybody I'd like to meet with. It's tough to juggle pastoring and writing. And my kids need their dad more than ever. But for all of those reasons, maintaining margin is...Read More
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”(1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
If you think your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire, and die, you’ve missed the point of your life. God gave you talents to ...Read More
Mount Everest is literally located at the top of the world, rising 29,035 feet above sea level. While more than 2,200 people have succeeded, nearly 200 have lost their lives attempting the climb.
Because of weather and altitude very few people have ever made it to the summit on one attempt.
I think we all have a personal Mount Everest that we must...Read More
Not sure who wrote this but it's good reminder...
Yesterday I met a stranger...
Today this stranger is my friend. Had I not taken the time to say hello, or return a smile, or shake a hand, or listen, I would not have...
Relationships are crucial in life - we were created as relational beings. The tricky thing is that relationships don't just happen. You have to be wise and intentional about who your build relationships with.
'He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.'
Evaluate your life in the following five areas. Do you have a person that can influence and encourage you in these areas.Read More
God can take events of the past and weave them so skillfully into a new plan for us that not only do we find there is a future for us after all, but it is as if there have been no wasted years.
CHRIST BEHIND ME
There He walks in your past. He walks in all the dark rooms you pretend are closed, that He may bring light. Invite Him into your past. Experience His forgiveness, His acceptance of you. Offer especially all that you are ashamed of... all that you wish to forget... all that still pains and hurts you... all the hurt you have caused others. Walk there in the places you are afraid of, knowing that He walks with you and will lead you on!
'I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, to give you a future and a hope.'